The soccer news starts with one more game that counts for the Premier League. Two of their clubs play for the Champions League title on Saturday (3pm ET - TNT and Univision) in one of the surprises of the 2018-19 season in Europe. For Spurs, it's a chance to put a remarkable cap on a season where they finished 4th in the Premier League. For Liverpool, it's the opportunity to put one over on Manchester City, the team that beat them by a point and goal difference for the Premier League title.
Liverpool is the favorite based on putting together 97 points in the Premier League to Spurs 71 and knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League while Tottenham stopped Ajax. It's Liverpool with the opportunity to show that City's triple of league and both domestic cups is missing the only trophy that matters.
As tempting as it might be to make this about systems with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool vs Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, that flatters Spurs. What Klopp has already done this season with Liverpool required extreme amounts of money and additional buy-in to a style of play that only stalled with a series of draws in from the end of January to early March. None of that involved Spurs, with Liverpool winning both Premier League games 2-1. If there's any criticism of Liverpool this season it would be how they crashed out of both domestic cup competitions at the earliest opportunity. That meant more games and more wins for Manchester City, still the best direct comparison to Liverpool.
Meanwhile, it was Spurs knocking City out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals in what might end up the biggest shock result of the tournament. If Spurs beats Liverpool, it's that series more than any other that should define this season. Against the best team in their domestic league, Spurs advanced. The late goal to get them past Ajax was impressive, but the semifinals ended up being about the underdog moving on. Liverpool's 4-0 second-leg win over Barcelona only really counts if they end up lifting the trophy.
That's the pressure on both teams on Saturday. Liverpool is trying to prove that their version of super club soccer works at the highest level. Tottenham is trying to show that this is more than an underdog story playing out in the Champions League.
AFP's Thomas Allnutt previews the Champions League final. Reuters' Simon Evans explains the squad issues for both clubs. The Irish Examiner's Daniel Storey with what the Champions League means for Klopp's version of Liverpool. The Independent's Jack Pitt-Brooke draws a parallel between Spurs and 2002 Bayer Leverkusen.
Also in the soccer news, the USMNT beat Qatar 1-0 to advance to the knockout round at the 2019 U-201 World Cup. The USMNT will play France or Mali on June 4. Tim Weah scored the game's only goal in the 76th minute with USMNT goalkeeper David Ochoa making three saves to keep the clean sheet. The USMNT finished 2nd in group D.
Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre talks to Portland investor/operator Merritt Paulson about the Providence Park revamp. The Atheltic's Pablo Maurer looks at what's working for the Philadelphia Union under Jim Curtin. Pro Soccer USA's Julian Cardillo on the Las Vegas MLS expansion bid.
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